Catcher In The Rye: A Bildungsroman Novel

The first stage of a typical bildungsroman novel includes an emotional loss and a period of awkwardness for the main character, usually ending in a setting forth on a journey alone. Which is true with Holden's experience in “The Catcher In The Rye”. In the book Holden's emotional loss would be his brother Allie. The family is only just starting to recover and Holden doesn't seem to be able to accept the fact that Allie is dead. We are shown this when his sister asks him to say one person he likes and he says Allie. His sister begins to tell him that Allie is dead and he doesn't count, Holden responds very angrily with “I know he’s dead!...I can still like him, though can’t I? Just ...

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in Holden not respecting or trusting anyone else in his life and he suffers for it.

The death of Allie causes Holden to enter in multiple periods of awkwardness. The first one I will discuss is his way of looking and judging other people. Holden saw every adult as a phony whether they were or they were not. Children are the only ones that he actually considers innocent. As the book goes along Holden refers to many people as phony. He doesn't just refer to people he also refers to places and things as well. When talking to his sister he says “...It was one of the worst schools I ever went to. it was full of phonies”(Salinger 167). This is an example in the book where Holden is explaining to his sister why pencey was a bad school, and pretty much his reasoning is that they are a bunch on phonies at it. Him calling everyone phony leads back to his brothers death because as i said earlier Holden thinks Allie is the only nice person he has every known and he doesn't care to ...

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